15 Supply Chain Sustainability

Learning Goals

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Define the three elements of supply chain sustainability.

  2. Explain the reverse logistics process and its implications for supply chain design.

  3. Show how firms can improve the energy efficiency of their supply chains by using the nearest neighbor (NN) heuristic for logistics routes and determining the effects of freight density on freight rates.

  4. Explain how supply chains can be organized and managed to support the response and recovery operations of disaster relief efforts.

  5. Describe the ethical issues confronting supply chain managers.

  6. Explain how a firm can manage its supply chains to ensure they are sustainable.

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